Carving a Classical Lamp

2017-10-14T16:10:13-04:00 January 5th, 2017|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Classical Lamp."

This four episode lesson shows how to carve a beautiful, open-flame oil lamp, a traditional symbol of knowledge, vigilance, and hope to bring in the New Year.

  • Lesson Contents: 4 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Basswood
  • Size: 11-1/4"w x 6-1/2"h x 1"d
  • Tool List: 4mm v-chisel; 6mm v-chisel; #3, 3mm; #3, 6mm; #3, 18mm; #4, 14mm; #5, 6mm; #5, 8mm; #5, 14mm; #7, 6mm; #7, 14mm; #11, 3mm
  • Skill Level: Advanced



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  1. Greg January 26, 2017 at 5:44 am - Reply

    I will be subscribing to the online course as son as I return from my holidays in February. Very much looking forward to the experience.

    • Mary May January 26, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Greg! I hope you enjoy the lessons.

  2. Jim Geisert January 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Hello Mary,
    I was very interested to see in your latest email that you’re carving a female head in mahogany and will be posting lessons on facial features. This is one area I am trying to learn, in fact I’m in the process of taking a portrait sculpture class in clay. Of course the process is different in clay but I’ve already learned quite a bit about correct placement and construction of the eye and nose. I would also recommend that you perhaps can cover overall proportions of the human body in smaller sculpture, say 12 inches high or so. Not everyone has the space for giant pieces. Anyway, since you are heading in this direction I think I may finally become a premium member.

    • Mary May January 26, 2017 at 11:03 pm - Reply

      Hello Jim,
      For the moment I will be focusing more on facial features, rather than full figure carving. And I’ll admit – figure carving is one of those areas that I have not ventured down much, where any carving of the human form has pretty much been self-taught from observation. I use a mirror a lot, so much of my face carving looks a lot like me! Maybe when I feel confident in my abilities to carve humans figure – that is when I will venture into teaching this.

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